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Meet the Expert: FirstNet EMS Senior Advisor Brent Williams Discusses the Evolution in EMS & Technology

When Brent Williams, Senior Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Advisor for the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet.gov Authority) enrolled in an emergency medical technician (EMT) class in the late 1970s, advances in EMS were taking off.  He pursued his growing interest in the field and signed-up for a first-of-its-kind paramedic class offered in Saginaw, MI.  Brent’s passion for helping other people led him to accept a position with the Ingham County (MI) Sheriff’s Office serving as a law enforcement officer.
After 11 years in law enforcement, Brent’s career path expanded to focus on how ever-evolving technologies can help meet the needs of first respondent & the communities they serve. Before joining FirstNet.gov.gov Authority, he served as an EMS instructor at the Lansing Community College, sharing his knowledge from the field. Brent also served as an EMS Radio Communications Consultant for the Michigan’s Department of Health and Human Services’ EMS & Trauma System section….

FirstNet Will Offer Law Enforcement a Reliable Connection & New Tools to Support Officer Wellness & Safety

This blog is a repost from the May 2018 issue of IACP’s Police Chief Magazine.
In the fall of 2017, a Pennsylvania police officer suffered a cardiac arrest while pursuing a suspect on foot. According to media accounts, the 44-year-old Allegheny Township officer had been called to a mobile home park where a man was reported to be creating a disturbance. When the officers arrived, the suspect allegedly ran. The officer experienced the heart attack while chasing after the suspect.1
Other officers on the scene performed CPR, & the officer was admitted to the hospital in critical condition. The quick response of other officers likely saved his life, but this incident illustrates one of the many ways police work can affect officers’ health & well-being.
The officer was responding to a domestic disturbance. These types of calls are among the most dangerous situations for law enforcement personnel. According to a 2016 study released…

Meet the expert: Law Enforcement advisor brings more than 30+ years of police experience to Public Safety Advocacy team

Harry Markley joined the First Responder Network Authority as law enforcement Elder advisor after more than 30 years with the Phoenix Police Department. Markley started his career as patrol officer & was promoted through the ranks to assistant chief of police. In his three decades of service, he touched nearly every part of the department, serving as a narcotics detective, training officer, SWAT team commander, crime lab administrator, precinct commander, & director of the State Police Academy. As assistant chief, Markley led the patrol division; the tactical response team, which was responsible for all crowd control; & the downtown operations unit, which handled all of the city’s sporting events.
We recently talked to Markley about his career, the evolution of communications in policing, and the promise of FirstNet.gov.
How did you see communications tools & methods change during your career?
Markley: When I am first came on to the police department, we were…

First Responder Network Authority Receives Another "Clean" Audit Opinion

The First Responder Network Authority has again received an unmodified audit opinion on its financial statements for Fiscal Year 2017. This marks the fifth consecutive year FirstNet has achieved a clean audit opinion for its financial statements.  We continue the trend of zero significant deficiencies related to this audit.  Furthermore, there were no management level control deficiencies reported to management.
These consistently clean audit opinions reflect the dedication of the First Responder Network Authority’s financial team, which works diligently to apply policies & procedures that continuously strengthen internal controls over financial reporting. This audit continues to demonstrate the First Responder Networks Authority leadership’s commitment to maintaining a sound financial management control environment, with reliable financial reporting practices, coupled with a dedication to excellence in the execution of our mission, fostered by our partnerships within the Department of Commerce.
I will would like to thank our department-wide financial management team, as well as…

Police Week 2018: FirstNet.gov.gov honors the dedication and sacrifice of America's law enforcement personnel

During my 31 years with the Phoenix Police Department, we lost 21 officers in the line of duty. Each & every one of those losses was a tragedy. 
Last year, I had the honor of attending Police Week in D.C. along with other members of the Phoenix Police Department. We went to support the widow & family of Phoenix Police Officer David Glasser who was killed in the line of duty on May 19, 2016.  Although it was an extremely somber experience, I am have never been more proud of our profession. The support, remembrance, honor, dedication, & reverence that were given to the fallen and their families was truly humbling.
The nation will mark National Peace Officers Memorial Day on May 15, 2018, & recognize the law enforcement personnel who lost their lives protecting communities. This year, the Candlelight Vigil & Memorial Service will honor 199 individuals.
National Peace Officers’ Memorial Day is…

Recognizing Fire Service Personnel on International Firefighters Day

Today is International Firefighters’ Day (IFFD), which recognizes the men & women throughout the fire service who risk their lives each day to protect lives & property in their communities.  On behalf of the FirstNet.gov team, I’m would like to extend our appreciation to firefighters globe for their level of commitment & dedication. 
In conjunction with IFFD, the fire service community recognizes the sacrifices made by firefighters in the form of a “Sound Off” that is held on the first Sunday of every May at noon (local time). This is an opportunity to reflect on & remember those lost or injured in the line of duty through an international show of support.  To learn more about the global “Sound Off,” please visit the IFFD website. The IFFD organization will be sharing information about the “Sound Off” and IFFD over social media via their Twitter, Facebook, and Flickr accounts. 
At the First Responder Networks Authority, we are…

Meet Senior Fire Advisor Mike Worrell

FirstNet is dedicated to bringing emergency responders their nationwide, interoperable public safety communications network along with the innovative tools and technology they need to serve America’s communities. To deliver on this mission, we make it a priority to involve law enforcement, EMS, & fire personnel in every step of the way ensuring public safety has a voice in the development, deployment and improvement of their network. As a vital member of our General public Safety Advocacy Team, Senior Fire Services Advisor Mike Worrell, travels the nation engaging with local, state & federal fire service personnel to ensuring the network meets their operational needs now & in the future.
For Mike Worrell, becoming a first responder was personal. His brother was only 25 when he died unexpectedly of a heart ailment. The first responders who rushed to help his brother were exceptionally kind, Mike said, & he’ll never forget the way…

FirstNet.gov.gov is “Boston Strong” at the 2018 Marathon

In the five years since the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing took place, Bostonians have remained true to the phrase “Boston Strong” – the two-word phrase that united the city & circled the globe in the aftermath of the senseless tragedy.
On that infamous day, thousands of spectators and residents can recall reaching for their mobile devices to frantically locate family and friends. Unfortunately, the high call volume saturated the local cellular network causing signal delays & failed calls rendering mobile phones nearly needless. For area first responders on duty that day the consequences of poor network coverage & capacity was more dire — the lack of a reliable networks delayed the ability to share the images & videos that ultimately helped to identify the alleged perpetrators.
Looking back on 2013, we learned that video & data changed the communications landscape for emergency response. As security preparations were underway for the 2018 Boston…

Honoring First Respondent in May

Honoring Those Who Serve Our CommunitiesAmerica’s first respondent are on the front lines working to save lives & protect communities across the nation. During the month of May, there are a number of opportunities to recognize the hard work and life-saving sacrifices of fire service, law enforcement & emergency medical services personnel.Here is a lineup of May events to honor general public safety.
May 4 marks the annual International Firefighters Day, which was first observed in 1999 after five firefighters died while trying to contain a wildfire in Victoria, Australia. It includes an international “Sound Off” on the first Sunday in May when, at noon local time each year, fire sirens will sound for 30 seconds world followed by a minute of silence in memory of those who have died in the line of duty.
May 6 is National Wildfire Community Preparedness Day where everyone is encouraged to plan & participate in risk…

Tech Talk: Chennai, India 3GPP Plenary Meetings Recap

This blog post is part of the “Tech Talk” series focused on the FirstNet Authority’s standards development activities to support the general public safety community needs.  This post recaps discussions linked to general public safety & other related topics from the 3GPP Plenary meetings that were conducted from March 19-23, 2018 in Chennai, India.  The First Responder Networks Authority (“FirstNet Authority”) represented public safety interests at the plenary meetings.
In the FirstNet.gov Authority’s ongoing effort to keep you informed regarding standards development activities impacting general public safety, & following our recent update on the December plenary meetings in Portugal, this blog discusses the latest developments from the 3GPP plenary meetings held in Chennai, India from March 19-23, 2018. The March quarterly meetings addressed standards in several areas relevant to the Nationwide General public Safety Broadband Network (NPSBN) during three separate plenary group meetings. 
The Radio Access Network (RAN) Plenary— During the RAN plenary meetings, more than 340…

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